2013-09-05 / From Days Gone By


This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Phyllis (Spade) Truax of Big Cove Tannery, pictures the 4-H trip to Pennsylvania State College in 1953. Front row, left: county extension agent Skip Kies, Julie Johnston, Phyllis Spade, Lee Ann Crist, Charlotte Edwards and county home economicst Peggy Eisenhower; back row: Edwin Layton, Benny Truax, Lowell Morton, Glen Knepper and William Mosebey. This week’s Memory Jogger, submitted by Phyllis (Spade) Truax of Big Cove Tannery, pictures the 4-H trip to Pennsylvania State College in 1953. Front row, left: county extension agent Skip Kies, Julie Johnston, Phyllis Spade, Lee Ann Crist, Charlotte Edwards and county home economicst Peggy Eisenhower; back row: Edwin Layton, Benny Truax, Lowell Morton, Glen Knepper and William Mosebey. 20 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 2, 1993


The first day of classes for students at Southern Fulton’s new elementary school building went “smooth as silk” Monday. The single biggest problem probably was the lack of air conditioning in the classrooms due to a factory defect in the system. An open house is planned for the new building September 9.

The BiLo Market of McConnellsburg was the high bidder in Saturday night’s market steer auction and came away with Greg McAllister’s grand champion crossbreed steer for a cool $3,177. BiLo took the grand champion for the third consecutive year at a bid of $2.60. Fred Waite of McConnellsburg captured the reserve grand champion for the second consecutive year. Waite bid $2.25 for Shawn Seville’s reserve crossbreed steer that weighed in at 1,060 pounds. There were a total of 26 steers, 47 hogs and 22 lambs sold to the highest bidders.

Mr. and Mrs. Donald Eisaman of Harrisonville celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary August 24.

Overall attendance at last week’s 72nd Fulton County Fair topped the 8,000 mark, according to county extension agent and fair board member Don Fowler. Overall attendance was about 8,200, up over 2,000 from last year’s total. He said the attendance figure was the best in his 15 years of involvement with the fair.

One person was injured and a pole building and its contents destroyed in a fire at a farm in Thompson Township August 26. Firefighters were called to the Landers farm on Timber Ridge, about three miles south of Damascus Church. The property owner suffered some burns trying to save the contents and was treated at the scene and later treated at Fulton County Medical Center.

DeShong’s Carpets has moved from North Second Street to Penn’s Village Shopping Center in the location previously occupied by the Sears Catalog Store.

Brandon Waters, son of Rodney and Angela Waters of Burnt Cabins, caught a 23-inch, 5-pound large mouth bass at Cowans Gap on August 24.

Birth at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Marlin Younker of Needmore on August 19.

Deaths: Chester Seiders, McConnellsburg; William Seville, Hancock; Ellen Layton, Caledonia Manor; Shirley Sellers, Hagerstown; Mary Sipes, Elkton.

Mr. and Mrs. Dale Gordon are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Jodi, to Steve Clark, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Clark.

Mr. and Mrs. Brian Rohm Sr., Warfordsburg, announce the birth of a son, Adam Eugene, July 30.

James and Mary Ann Keebaugh of Warfordsburg announce the birth of their second child, a son, Nathan James, August 1, at Hanover General Hospital.

30 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 15, 1983


There were record-high temperatures over the weekend, but it seems like the long, hot summer is slowly coming to an end following the rain showers this week.

Premature twins born to Mrs. Timothy McCusker of Clear Spring, Md., at the Medical Center last Wednesday were transported to a West Virginia hospital by a helicopter, which landed on the grounds of the local hospital.

Kevin Hall, 17, McConnellsburg, was killed in a one-car accident approximately 2-1/2 miles east of Hustontown on Friday, September 9. He was pronounced dead at Fulton County Medical Center, becoming Fulton County’s second fatality this year. Two occupants in the Hall vehicle, Kerry Strait, 16, Hustontown, and Kevin Roberts, 17, Waterfall, were both slightly injured.

The Pennsylvania Turnpike’s single toll booth at Blue Mountain, the last of the original toll booths installed along the turnpike, was decommissioned in a ceremony on September 13. It will be replaced by a two-booth operation and three lanes at a cost of $1.67 million. The original toll booth will be delivered to the National Museum of American History at the Smithsonian Institution.

Specials at the IGA: Kellogg’s Pop Tarts, 79 cents; Quaker Life cereal, $1.69; cauliflower, $1.39; grapes, 69 cents lb.; New York strip loins, $2.59 lb.

Now playing at the Fulton Theatre: “Octopussy;” playing at Reality Theatre in Robertsdale: “Stroker Ace.’

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. David Vosburg of Mercersburg on September 4; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Mark Shanholtz of Warfordsburg on September 3; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Smith II of Mt. Union on September 5; twin sons to Mr. and Mrs. Timothy McCusker of Clear Spring on September 7.

Jacqueline Woodal and William Carnell were united in marriage June 25. Parents of the couple are Mr. and Mrs. Harold Woodal, Needmore, and Mr. and Mrs. William Carnell of Warfordsburg.

Deaths: Bessie Deneen, Amaranth; Russell Schooley, Harrisonville; Ray A. Grove, Berkeley Springs; Phillip Foor, Everett; Walter Schooley, Pompano Beach, Fla.; Ethel Miller, Hagerstown; Alice Flasher, Three Springs; Guy Thomas, Breezewood; Josephine Wagoner, McConnellsburg; Minerva Shimer, McConnellsburg; Harry King, Juniata, Pa.

Twila Deshong and John Martin Jr. were united in marriage on August 20. The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Avon Deshong of Harrisonville. The groom is the son of Mrs. Shirley Martin, McConnellsburg, and the late John Martin Sr.

40 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 13, 1973


Off with the old “News” and on with the new “News” was the slogan of the week in making this week’s issue ready for printing. This week’s issue was printed “offset,” using photocomposition machines instead of by the old “letterpress” method, which utilizes “hot metal” linecasting machines. The old Goss Comet newspaper press, used for years to print the News, is maintaining a sulky silence – its rumbling stilled. Once in a while, someone will go into the pressroom and give it a fond look or a friendly pat, but no one wants to break the bad news that it has had its day and the tender, loving care to which it responded admirably every press day is a thing of the past.

Seventy-five members and friends of the congregation of St. Paul’s United Church of Christ met at the McConnellsburg Firehall on Friday evening to honor former Pastor Loy Garber, his wife, Linda, and children at a testimonial dinner in recognition of his dedicated work in the church and community during his service in the ministry. Rev. Garber, as pastor of St. Paul United Church of Christ, preached his last sermon last Sunday, having resigned the ministry to return to the engineering profession with Fulton Industries.

Three Maryland prison escapees and a 16-year-old youth have been indicted for murder, kidnapping and robbery in connection with the slayings last May of the Ned Alday family near Donaldsonville, Ga. Wayne Coleman, 26, also faces charges in connection with the death of Richard Wayne Miller, 19, of McConnellsburg, believed killed when the defendants allegedly stole his car for a jaunt south.

Mr. and Mrs. John R. Pittman of St. Thomas were honored guests at a celebration on August 11 in honor of their 40th wedding anniversary.

William K. Nicholas, son of Mrs. Joan Cline of Mc- Connellsburg, has been promoted to airman first class in the U.S. Air Force.

Tom Peck was named the 1973 Late Model champion at Port Royal Speedway for the first time ever.

Specials at the IGA: Cascade, 59 cents box; Waldorf bathroom tissue, 33 cents, 4-roll pkg.; Reynolds heavy duty foil, 49 cents.

Births at the Medical Center: a son to Mr. and Mrs. Stanley Doyle of St. Thomas on September 1; a son to Mr. and Mrs. Gay Fleck of McConnellsburg on September 1; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. G. Calvin Barton Jr. of Warfordsburg on September 2; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Ivan Shatzer of Mercersburg on September 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Earley of Blairs Mills on September 6; a daughter to Mr. and Mrs. George C. Mellott of Harrisonville on September 6.

Mr. and Mrs. Brown Miller and Mr. and Mrs. Thurman Clark of Hustontown are spending a couple of weeks in Canada fishing.

Wedding vows were exchanged by Cindy Kathleen Harr, daughter of William D. and the late Margaret M. Harr of Big Cove Tannery, and Ezra Rodger Peck, son of Mr. and Mrs. Russell Peck of Needmore, on September 1.

Engagement: Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Truax of Mc- Connellsburg announce the engagement of their daughter, Judy, to David Allen Duke, son of Mr. and Mrs. Lee Duke of Sunbury.

Deaths: John Helser, Sylvan; Stanley Funk, Hancock; Charles Ott, McConnellsburg; Clem Deshong, Harrisonville; Nelson Rutherford, McVeytown; Thomas Seeler, Erie.

50 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 19, 1963


Ernest Sipes of McConnellsburg was the winner of the eighth 100 Silver Dollar Jackpot drawn Saturday night at the courthouse.

Pennsylvania Secretary of Commerce John Tabor, Congressman J. Irving Whally and Fernard Thomassy of the Small Business Administration will highlight the dedication ceremony of the new Sagner factory in McConnellsburg on Saturday, November 2.

Fulton County’s oldest resident, 101-year-old Mrs. Mary Hammann of Buck Valley, has moved into her new home that relatives, friends and neighbors built for her over the foundation of the old home, which was destroyed by fire last January.

It was learned this week that Merrill W. Nace and Lewis Harris of McConnellsburg both qualify for the record length of time as subscribers to The Fulton County News, as both have been receiving the “News” since the first issue was printed in September 1899. Both subscriptions will be advanced five years in appreciation of their faithful readership.

The local IGA offers three regular size boxes of Tide for 79 cents and a dozen donuts for 29 cents.

Miss Norma Jean Parnell and Dale William Carson were wed September 8.

Virgil Mellott of Southern Fulton FFA Chapter captured the grand championship at the Fulton County Fair with his Holstein heifer, while James Smith of McConnellsburg chapter won the reserve championship. 4-H dairy champions at the fair were Fred Fleming of Hustontown with his champion Jersey; Mary Lou McKee of Warfordsburg with her champion Ayrshire; and Duane Johnston of McConnellsburg with his champion Holstein, and FFA winners were David Cook of Forbes Road Chapter, who received the “Best Fitting” ribbon, and James Smith of McConnellsburg FFA Chapter, who received the “Best Showing” ribbon.

Pennsylvania game protectors have started their annual fall pickup of ringneck pheasants raised by farmers and other cooperating groups and individuals.

Deaths: Mary Baker of Knobsville; Mrs. Cleo Foreman of Mercersburg; Samuel Lauver of Mercersburg; Ambrose Brown of Clear Ridge; Mrs. Catherine Tice Daughenbaugh of Three Springs.

60 Years Ago

From The Files of September 17, 1953


Mr. and Mrs. William R. King of State College announce the birth of a daughter, Susan Elizabeth, on

September 11.

The Musitones will play for dancing at the local American Legion home on Saturday night.

Ronald and Leland Cisney, sons of Mr and Mrs. Foster Cisney of town, have enrolled as freshmen at Penn State College.

John Mentzer Jr. is also enrolled at Penn State. It was mistakenly reported earlier that he had enrolled at Gettysburg.

Miss Harriet Sloan and her brother, Frank, purchased the Hoke property at the sale held last Saturday.

Mrs. Elsie Ott and Mrs. John Kelso returned from Harrisburg on Tuesday after having been there since Saturday during the critical time of Shirley Ott’s battle with polio.

Death: Walter A. Peck of Pitcairn.

New hope was kindled this week in the hearts of the Russell Akers and Charles Matthews families of town when a released prisoner of war from Korea stopped in McConnellsburg and reported hat he had seen Richard Akers and Dick Matthews, underweight but alive, in a prisoner-of-war camp two weeks ago. The released POW, James Headrick, a Navy pharmacist’s mate, became ill while travelling and stopped here. On Monday, he went to Fields Barber Shop where he said he had been a prisoner of war and inquired whether any boys from here were missing. When told that Dick Akers had not yet returned, Headrick made positive identification. While talking with the Akers family, Headrick said another boy from here was in the same camp. He identified him as Dick Matthews. Lt. Richard Akers, who would now be 24 years of age, was reported missing in action on February 9, 1951. Dick Matthews, who would now be 23, has been missing since November 30, 1950.

Mrs. Mary Catherine Weller, 52, of Hancock, was killed on September 5 when she walked into the path of a car driven by a Cumberland man on East Main Street in Hancock.

A Plymouth stock car, equipped for racing and owned by Gerald Peck, Kenneth Reeder and Carl Peck, entered its initial big-car race at Syracuse, N.Y., on September 10. The car, driven by 23-year-old Reeder, who had never driven in a race, placed ninth in field of 16 entries. On September 13, the local racing enthusiasts travelled to Fort Wayne, Ind., where Reeder came in 11th out of 16 entries. Both races ended with the local boys placing in the prize money.

Officer William R. Lammie, a member of Pennsylvania State Police for 25 years, will retire at the end of this month.

Gerald, son of Mr. and Mrs. Carl E. Deshong, McConnellsburg, received a fractured left arm last week when he fell from a ladder at school.

Francis Allison, Blaine Stevens, John Greathead and Lyle Duffey have been elected as directors of Fulton Post Inc. Other members of the seven-man board are Clarence Winegardner, Mark Clevenger and Robert Fix Jr.

Clem Smith Jr. of Warfordsburg has resumed his studies as a sophomore at West Chester College.

A surprise party was held at Buck Valley Park on August 28 when more than 100 friends and neighbors gathered to help Mrs. Ellis Schriever celebrate her 43rd birthday.

Earl Derr Jr. and Hazel A. Miller were wed August 29.

Deaths: Craig William Brown, infant son of Joseph and Zola Ruth (Alloway) Brown of Chambersburg; Dr. J. Alvin Comerer of Allentown; John Welsey Winegardner of near Alfrata.

70 Years Ago

From The Files of September 16, 1943


Deaths: Mrs. Charles Lamberson of near Saltillo; Harry Brewer Hill of Thompson Township; W.M. Robinson of Baltimore; Miss Ethel Maye Kesselring of Hustontown.

Howard B. Swope Jr., who is now serving overseas, has been promoted to staff sergeant.

Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Tierney of Bellefonte announce the birth of a son last week. They formerly lived in McConnellsburg, where Mr. Tierney was a member of the state police.

On Monday evening, George Earley was severely burned by exploding gasoline at his garage on South Second Street when he was repairing an automobile The flaming gas set his clothing on fire, burning him about the face and body. Several men standing nearby extinguished the flames by wrapping their coats around Mr. Earley. He was treated by Dr. MacKinlay and then taken to Chambersburg Hospital.

Mrs. Bruce Miller has returned to her home at Websters Mill after receiving three blood transfusions at Everett Hospital.

80 Years Ago

From The Files Of September 14, 1933


Deaths: Reason R. Younker of Thompson Township; Elmer Norman Clevenger of Cornwall, Va.; Wallace Murray of Hancock.

Parker Bivens, a state highway employee, met death violently last Thursday in a dynamite explosion. The young man was drilling a hole for dynamite at Morton’s quarry when his drill violently struck an unexploded charge. Both his legs were torn off and he was blinded. He was given first aid by Dr. MacKinlay and then rushed to Chambersburg Hospital, where he died about four hours later. Alvin Fix, a fellow employee, was standing nearby at the time of the explosion, and although the crystal of his watch was broken by the blast, he miraculously escaped injury.

Two CCC employees, both from Philadelphia, were injured last week in a cave-in at the quarry near Emory Diehl’s Cove Mountain Tea Room. One of the two, Louis Horn, died a few hours later in Chambersburg Hospital. This was the second death in this camp due to accident.

On September 6, Fulton County Bank received from the United States Treasury Department a national charter with the title,”The Fulton County National Bank of McConnellsburg” and was granted membership in the federal reserve system.

James E. Jackson, hardware merchant of Everett, was killed last week when he fell beneath the wheels of a moving truck.

Mr. and Mrs. Charles Black of Fairview are the proud parents of a baby boy, born on September 7.

“Greater Values at Lower Prices” at the Harris Garage – 1931 Ford coach, $275; 1928 Chrysler coupe, $100; 1927 Chrysler roadster, $45.

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